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Prayer Is Real Communication With God

Prayer Is Real Communication With God

in Christian Prayer on October 28, 2021

Jesus Wants To Talk To You.

Why and how do we pray? To give gratitude to our creator or to ask Him why He created us? To give Him praise & glory, or to pray for help through a difficult time? There are many reasons we pray. Some call on God when they need Him for help or for direction in life. Others talk to God all day long like when one talks a friend. I fit into all of the above. I pray all day and the Lord has called me to pray with you, for you, or for someone you love. Or even someone you do not know. I lift your thoughts, words, pain, suffering, thankfulness, hopes, and love for Christ to the heavens above for God’s mercy and love.

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When Jesus Was Praying For Others…
…He prayed for their faith (Luke 22:32), He prayed against temptation in their lives (Luke 22:40), He prayed for their unity (John 17:11), and He prayed for their sanctification (John 17:17). Paul prayed for the salvation of the lost (Romans 10:1); he prayed that the brothers would stay on the right path (2 Corinthians 13:7); he prayed that believers would be strengthened by the Spirit, rooted and grounded in love, able to comprehend God’s love, and filled with the fullness of God (Ephesians 3:14–19). These are all prayers for spiritual blessings; they are all “in Jesus’ name” and according to the Father’s will—prayers that are guaranteed to find a “yes” in Christ (2 Corinthians 1:20).

And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge – that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.
-Ephesians 3:16-19

Revelations About Praying

  • Praying for others is an important sacrificial ministry introduced to us by Jesus Himself (John 17:1-26).
  • If we consistently soak into deeper experiences of a sincere prayerful life, the Holy Spirit not only empowers us in our prayers but in our whole Christian life.
  • Through our earnest and unceasing prayers, we offer endless adoration, confessions, Thanksgivings, and supplications.
  • Praying is experiencing the peace of God. When we pray, God will work in our hearts. He conforms us to His will and fills us with His peace. We ask the Holy Spirit to intercede on their behalf.
  • Jesus and the Holy Spirit both intercede to God the Father on our behalf.
  • When we don’t know how to pray, or when we do a poor job at finding the right words to say, the Holy Spirit intercedes to God for us with the words that our soul is longing to say but is unable to do so. Jesus prays for us too, and that should give us tremendous comfort.
  • Praying for others brings God glory. We should seek to glorify God in every aspect of our life. When we pray for others, we are reflecting the way Jesus prays for us. Also, when we pray for others, we are reflecting God’s kindness.
  • Praying for others draws us nearer to God.
  • We need to pray not only for our friends and relatives, but we must pray for our enemies too. We pray for those who curse and persecute us (Matthew 5:44).
  • We pray for others for comfort, for salvation, for healing, for safety – for any number of reasons. God uses prayer to align our hearts to His will.
  • Intercessory prayer reflects God’s own character of outgoing love and mercy.
  • Pray for others from the heart, regularly, fervently, with detail, faith, and love.
  • Praying for others is important because it fulfills a New Testament command. We are to pray for all people (1 Timothy 2:1). We are to pray for government leaders (1 Timothy 2:2). We are to pray for the unsaved (1 Timothy 2:3). We are to pray for fellow Christians (Ephesians 6:18). We are to pray for ministers of the gospel (Ephesians 6:19–20). We are to pray for the persecuted church (Hebrews 13:3). Praying for others gets our focus off of ourselves and onto the needs around us. As we “carry each other’s burdens,” we “will fulfill the law of Christ” (Galatians 6:2).

Revelations About Answering Prayer

  • Apart from God, we cannot do anything (John 15:5).
  • God answers prayers in his own time (Isaiah 65:24)
  • If the response to our prayers that is appropriate within His Deity, calls for mercy, reformation, rebuke, punishment, blessings or for whatever the fulfillment of His promises would require, that is surely what He will do.
  • God is sovereign and His thoughts are not our thoughts. Our ways are not His ways. His thoughts and ways are higher than our own (Isaiah 55:8-9). Being such, there will and will always be questions left unanswered within the intelligence of man.
  • Intercessory prayer is not a numbers game. God does not have to wait until 10 or 20 or 100 people pray about a situation in order to intervene. Prayer is not a vote or petition that God must act on if enough people “sign” it. Our prayers cannot force God to do anything.
The Infinity Of God’s Love Is Our Eternity With God

The Infinity Of God’s Love Is Our Eternity With God

in Pastor David Commentary on October 23, 2021

Sometimes the world leaves me wondering how God can live in all of us when we see how corrupt humanity is. It is always good and bad. When pondering this, the sun was about to rise. As I look out my window into the darkness waiting for the light, I am reminded that Jesus was born into the light.

My prayers leave me the sense that God lives inside all of life. Jesus is the face of God. People might say things as they’ve never seen God, and no one knows what God looks like. They wonder what gender, or size, or color. Truth is, none of that matters. Because every one of us sees God’s face every day. We see Him when we look in the mirror or at our family. We see God’s face in friends and strangers, and those who have trespassed against us. We see God’s face when we look into our pets’ eyes, or look at the sky and see the birds fly. God is life. He is everything that has breath. The animals, birds, reptiles, plants, and worms in the soil are all living. The earth is alive with God. The universe is alive with God. All the planets are alive with God – even the ones that we have no idea even exist yet. All the stars and all that darkness above to my senses are full of a living God and His Love for us. Remember when our teachers taught us that space goes on forever and ever, and is called infinity? The Trinity consumes that infinity. If we truly realize that God is living in each one of us, then how could we ever look at anything the same again? How could we lose ourselves as humanity drifts further away from our purpose in this infinity of God’s love?

I often say to my wife that I want to hear her thoughts because God speaks through her. God lives in her as God lives in you and me. God speaks through all of us, and to all of us. If we deny our sister or brother, we deny Christ. We won’t get to hear God talk to us. The Bible is the living word. God is in all things living. God is the Alpha and the Omega. The Beginning and the End. He was here before anything. He will remain here for infinity. That infinity is our eternity with God. He wants us with Him, not against Him. He wants us to have hope because He created His kingdom for us and that purpose.

But the first thing we have to do is accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior. We need to accept the infinite love of God. If you have not done that, I invite you to do that right now. Pray with me…

“Dear Lord Jesus, I know that I am a sinner, and I ask for Your forgiveness. I believe You died for my sins and rose from the dead. I turn from my sins and invite You to come into my heart and life. I want to trust and follow You as my Lord and Savior. Thank you for accepting me and giving me eternal life. Amen.”

I’d like to leave you with this thought. Try to see God in every living thing. Try to hear God in every living thing. Never stop trying to love God or to fulfill His will and plan for you. He knows you personally. You may wonder how. How can Jesus know so many people and answer so many prayers? It’s because every life that is living or has ever lived is God. That gives God many eyes, ears, and angels united together in Him to form Him. So don’t look for that physical form and wonder anymore. God’s form is right in front of you. Do you see God?

How Can I Have Church & Worship In My House?

How Can I Have Church & Worship In My House?

in Worship on October 22, 2021

Any corner or place in your house can be set aside for your home Sunday church services, such as a dining room table or a sitting area. The prayer space may have a cross, candle, a bible, and gifts you may have received that remind you of worship and church. This is an opportunity to come together around God’s Word to soak in it and allow His voice to enter your hearts and minds.

The First Day of the Week belongs to the remembrance of Christ and His sacrifice for us. Our ministry purpose is to provide a Christian home worship and church website for you to strengthen your walk in Christ. Prayer, meditation, bible study, and singing hymns may all be done at home. Christians can unite themselves with the Church of God as they pray while not actually going to a physical church while leaving behind ordinary concerns and activities.

Christianity originated with the ministry of Jesus in the 1st-century Roman province of Judea. Worship is the act of attributing reverent honor and homage to God. In the New Testament, various words are used to refer to the term worship. One is proskuneo (“to worship”) which means to bow down to God or kings. We know, as Christ-followers, that we are called to gather together as the Church—the bride of Christ Himself. Your home can be your Church.

We worship God in order to thank Him for His love, ask for forgiveness for sins, and to try to understand what God wants from us. Because Jesus is the mediator, we can talk to God directly through prayer. We can engage in a relationship with God without being in a church building. We, as a follower of Christ, have direct access to God the Father because of the sacrifice of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.

You can bring the church to your family. Parents are the primary teachers of the Christian faith. If children see their fathers and mothers praying, using the Scriptures, and taking God’s promises seriously as gifts for daily living, they will too. With this in mind, we suggest some ways in which parents can make the words of faith a daily feature of life in their homes.

The First Day of the Week belongs to the remembrance of Christ and His sacrifice for us. Our goal at CC Online Church is to provide a place for you to strengthen your walk in Christ as well as the members of our Church family. Prayer, meditation, Bible study, and singing hymns may all be done at home. Christians can unite themselves with the Church of God as they pray while not actually going to a physical church. Christians sometimes use a cross to remind them of Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross and his resurrection. Some will light a candle to create the right atmosphere to feel the presence of God.

You can still have a rich experience of worship at home. We believe that worship is so much more than just watching something happen. We believe that worship is about the whole body actively engaging in the work of declaring God’s worth and glory, in renewing the covenant by remembering God’s promise of grace and committing ourselves to follow Jesus. So, we don’t just want this to be something you can watch and check off the box that you “did church” this week. We want to give you the resources to lift your heart and your lives into God’s presence in a meaningful way even though we can’t be together.

We want to encourage you to set aside time to gather by yourself, with your family, or by a video call with a few other Christians and engage with the resources below. Each week there will be a liturgy for you to read and pray. We will each gather our hearts in God’s presence over these very same scripture passages and prayers. There is space in that liturgy to then watch the provided sermon video. Afterward, there is some time for discussion of the sermon as well as a closing prayer and blessing. If you are gathering with a group, we encourage you to share the reading and the prayers so that everyone is able to use their voice to lead you in worship.

For the Christian, All of Life is Worship. If everything is to be done for the glory of God, everything we do is a form of worship.

Devotions, prayers, and religious exercises of the individual. Personal worship, whether public or private, is often aided by the observance of disciplines and techniques that focus the attention of the worshipper upon the sacred or holy. Silence, devotional readings, set prayers, the rosary (beads used as a devotional aid in Roman Catholicism), bodily postures and attitudes, music, and works of art, including the icons (images) of Eastern Christian churches, all serve to help the worshipper to concentrate his apprehension of the power of the holy and to intensify his sense of the presence of the holy. The act of worship may aim at a temporary leaving behind of the ordinary concerns and activities of the individual, so that meditation on the divine may occur. It may have as its aim the union of the self with fellow worshippers and with the divine, as an act that brings the divine powers effectively into the life of the worshipper for that time and for coming days. Or it may be a part of an act of religious devotion aimed at continuing union with the divine (as in mysticism), the sloughing off of natural existence, or a move toward “divinization” (becoming divine).

What Is the Purpose of Worship?

The goal and purpose of worship is to magnify, exalt, love and adore the only true God, Jesus Christ. In other words, worship is simply a prayer of relationship in which the “created” lauds and magnifies the “Creator.” It’s our expression of His worthiness. When we worship, we join the angels, the cherubim, the seraphim, the prophets, the apostles, and the host of heaven falling down on their faces and exalting the one and only true God. Listen to Revelation 7:11-12, “And all the angels stood round about the throne, and about the elders and the four beasts, and fell before the throne on their faces, and worshiped God, saying, Amen! Blessing, and glory, and wisdom, and thanksgiving, and honor, and power, and might be unto our God forever and ever. Amen.”

Seven further reasons why we worship are:

  • Worship is the primary reason behind all creation.
  • It’s our realization of the holiness of God.
  • It’s the prescribed ritual of the Temple in the Old Testament.
  • It’s the proper response of a believer.
  • It’s the recognition of our unworthiness before God.
  • It’s the result of our fearing and reverencing God.
  • It’s the manifestation of our relationship towards God and it’s what makes everything else secondary.
10 Ways To Worship The Lord At Home

10 Ways To Worship The Lord At Home

in Worship on October 21, 2021

  1. Worship through music. So often we equate worship with music. But it isn’t the same thing; music is an avenue of worship, it can direct our hearts to the Lord. I believe the Lord created music just for this purpose. Job 38:7 says that the “morning stars [the angelic host] sang together” at the creation. Before God created the Earth and all that is in it, including humanity, he created the angels to worship with song. There are more than 100 verses in Psalms that refer to singing and music. Obviously, music is important to the Lord.
  2. Worship through prayer. Praying the Scriptures back to the Author is a powerful way to worship. Start with praying the Psalms. But even if you don’t pray the Scriptures, at least pray. God delights to hear our prayers (Psalm 66:19-20; Revelation 8:3, 4). He delights in answering them. He delights in blessing His children. Delight the Father’s heart in prayer.
  3. Worship through praise and thanksgiving. There are more than 250 verses in Scripture that speak of praise – almost 150 in Psalms alone! If you don’t think praise is important, check out Psalms 146 – 150. Praise means simply telling God how great He is – praise Him for His love, His forgiveness, His patience, His creation, His gifts, for anything and everything. Thanksgiving is similar. Instead of praising Him for who He is, we praise Him for what He has done for us personally. Got two eyes to see? Thank him. Got a roof over your head? Thank Him. Got food on the table? Thank Him. Thank Him in everything (1 Thessalonians 5:18).
  4. Worship through confession of sin. Sin breaks the heart of our Father. He weeps to see His children making wrong choices, just as any loving parent would. But He has made a way of redemption. If you are a child of God, all you need to do is admit your sins to Him, ask for His cleansing, and commit to not sinning again. It doesn’t mean you won’t sin again – but that you are seriously committed to trying in the power of the Holy Spirit to not sin again. Need inspiration? Go to Psalm 51.
  5. Worship through the Word. You may have noticed in my posts that I tend to have a lot of Bible verses. That’s because I think what I have to say is secondary – like way down the list – to what God has to say! Spending time in the Word every day is a way of worshipping the Father. He gave us the Word and wants us to use it and love it (Psalm 119:97, 113, 163). Psalm 119 is a beautiful tribute to the Word. If you want to fall in love with the Word, spend a few days there. You could even spend an entire month – taking one 8-verse section per day and praying and praising through it.
    Worship through listening. If music, prayer, praise, thanksgiving, and confession are us speaking to God, then the Word and sitting in silence are the way He speaks to us. Listen to God and expect Him to speak to you through His word, the voice of the Spirit inside you, good Christian writing, or other believers.
  6. Worship through giving. Give your time, talents, and treasure. Give because He has given so much to you. Give because He loves you and you love Him. Just give. “Give, and it will be given to you. They will pour into your lap a good measure—pressed down, shaken together, and running over. For by your standard of measure it will be measured to you in return.” Luke 6:38.For More On Giving See This Post
  7. Worship through serving. Serve others, serve at the church, serve your family. Serve because Jesus came as a Servant (Matthew 20:28; John 12:26). One way to serve others is to ask them a simple question: “How may I help you?” This question first entered my life through The Prayer of Jabez, by Bruce Wilkinson. It was explained more fully in You Were Born For This, also by Bruce Wilkinson. I have not been practicing it long but hope to report in the future about how God is using that simple question in my life. I have used it mostly with my family, which I think is a good training ground, but I pray for boldness to use it outside of my circle of comfort.
  8. Worship through nature. Worship the Father through spending time in His creation. The stones will cry out if we do not (Luke 19:40); let’s not be upstaged by rocks! Nature testifies to the spectacular, amazing creative powers of the Lord and His greatness and glory (Psalm 19:1-6). As you walk through a park, praise God for the cardinals and bluebirds, for the turning of the seasons, for the oxygen you breathe, and for the sun that shines in a blue sky. Let nature do its job and turn your eyes to the Lord.
  9. Worship daily, in the small parts of daily life. God does not despise the small offerings we give Him (Mark 8:7; 12:42). So, in the daily-ness of life, worship God by being faithful in the small jobs He has given you: laundry, dishes, working, raising children, and paying bills. Faithfulness in small things results in larger opportunities to be faithful (Luke 16:10; 1 Corinthians 4:2). How? Praise God for children who make dirty clothes while doing the laundry. Thank God for a healthy family while fixing meals. Listen to God speak to you in the quiet of your commute as you turn off all outside noises. Sing worship songs to Him in your car. Ask Him to show you creative ways to worship Him throughout the day and He will.
  10. Worship should be a specific time in our day and our week that we set aside to spend with the Lord. But it should also be a lifestyle. A heart that turns to God throughout the day, in praise, in prayer, in service, is a heart that is daily worshipping the God who deserves all praise.